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September

15
France, Poland post victories, advance to EuroBasket semifinals

Slovenia roared back from a 23-point deficit, and it looked as if it was well on its way to a berth in the EuroBasket semifinals. Poland had other ideas — and in an absolute shocker, EuroBasket will have a new champion. Mateusz Ponitka had 26 points, 16 rebounds and 10 assists, and Poland defeated Slovenia 90-87 to move into the semifinals of the European championships for the first time since 1971. Vlatko Cancar led Slovenia with 21 points, and Goran Dragic scored 17. Luka Doncic was held to 14 points on 5-of-15 shooting, though he added 11 rebounds and seven […]

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September

14
Springer homers, Jays beat Rays 7-2 for doubleheader split

Pinch-hitter Whit Merrifield drove in two runs with a seventh-inning double, George Springer added a two-run homer and the Toronto Blue Jays defeated the Tampa Bay Rays 7-2 Tuesday night to gain a doubleheader split between AL wild card contenders. Toronto (80-62) remained a half-game ahead of the Rays (79-62) in a race for the three AL wild cards that also includes Seattle (79-61), which played later Tuesday. The Blue Jays trailed 2-1 before rallying with a four-run seventh against left-hander Colin Poche (4-2). Pinch-hitter Santiago Espinal walked and advanced to third on two wild pitches. Pinch-hitter Danny Jansen drew a one-out walk and was replaced by pinch-runner Bradley Zimmer. Merrifield followed with a double […]

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September

13
Valdez pitches 1st shutout, Astros blank Tigers 7-0

Framber Valdez pitched his first career shutout and the Houston Astros defeated the Detroit Tigers 7-0 on Monday night. Valdez (15-5) posted his 24th consecutive quality start, tying New York Mets ace Jacob deGrom (2018) for the longest single-season streak. “This means a lot to me, because it means I’m helping the team when I’m pitching,” Valdez said through a translator. “They help me with their great defense and their offense, and I know I’m giving them a chance to win.” The All-Star left-hander gave up six hits and struck out eight with one walk. “That’s a monumental streak — a lot of great pitchers have never come close […]

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September

12
Ukraine ousted from EuroBasket after 94-86 loss to Poland

Ukraine’s run at EuroBasket is over. A.J. Slaughter scored 24 points, Mateusz Ponitka added 22 and Poland ousted Ukraine from the European championships with a 94-86 triumph on Sunday. Aleksander Balcerowski scored 14 and Michal Sokolowski had 13 for Poland, which finished the game on a 20-10 run and now will face Luka Doncic and defending EuroBasket champion Slovenia in a quarterfinal game on Wednesday. And with that, the summer schedule for Ukraine’s national team came to a sudden end. The team played and trained in several countries around Europe throughout the summer but couldn’t gather in its own because of the […]

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September

09
Brewers complete DH sweep of Giants; Peralta exits early

Not even Freddy Peralta’s unexpectedly early exit could keep the Milwaukee Brewers from silencing the San Francisco Giants’ lineup. The Brewers permitted a total of seven hits in a doubleheader sweep of the Giants on Thursday. Corbin Burnes struck out 14 and allowed three hits over eight shutout innings as the Brewers won 2-1 in the opening game. Peralta lasted just two innings in the second game before departing with shoulder fatigue, but Milwaukee’s bullpen led the way to a 4-2 triumph. “Just pleased with the pitching as a whole,” Brewers manager Craig Counsell said. “They pitched great. Everybody chipped in.” Peralta departed after walking Tommy […]

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September

08
New York Jets QB Zach Wilson likely out until Week 4; Joe Flacco to start season opener vs. Baltimore Ravens

Two days after hinting that Zach Wilson could play in their season opener, the New York Jets revealed Wednesday that the second-year quarterback will miss at least three games as he continues to recover from arthroscopic knee surgery. Jets coach Robert Saleh stated Wilson won’t play until Week 4 “at the earliest” — a road game versus the Pittsburgh Steelers. This means the Jets will open the season with Joe Flacco at quarterback, starting Sunday at MetLife Stadium versus the Baltimore Ravens — the team that drafted him in 2008. “We’re going to make sure mind and body are 110 percent and make sure we do right by him,” […]

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September

07
Gorman homers, drives in 2, as Cardinals beat Nationals 4-1

Nolan Gorman broke out of a slump with a homer and a pair of RBI, and the St. Louis Cardinals defeated the Washington Nationals 4-1 on Tuesday night. José Quintana (5-6) gave up a run on five hits and he struck out five in five innings to earn his first win since Aug. 10. The Cardinals have won five of their last six matches and 19 of their last 22 at Busch Stadium. Jordan Hicks pitched two scoreless innings and Giovanny Gallegos turned in a perfect eighth in relief. Ryan Helsley pitched around a leadoff double to earn his 14th save in 18 opportunities. Looking for the best online betting […]

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September

06
‘An Exceptional Horse,’ Flightline Wins TVG Pacific Classic By 19 1/4 Lengths

In one of the most brilliant performances in the history of Del Mar racetrack, undefeated Flightline staked his claim as the outstanding older Thoroughbred in America with a 19 l/4-length victory in the Grade 1, $1 million TVG Pacific Classic on Saturday in Del Mar, Calif. It was a record winning margin, eclipsing the 12 ½-length triumph by Accelerate in the 2018 Pacific Classic. His final time of 1:59.28 was only 17 one-hundredths of a second slower than the track record set by Candy Ride in the 2003 renewal of the mile and one-quarter contest. With regular rider Flavien Prat in the saddle, Flightline […]

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September

05
Smith, Thompson homers power MLB-leading Dodgers past Padres

Will Smith homered for the second successive game and Trayce Thompson added a pinch-hit home run as the Los Angeles Dodgers used two big innings to defeat the San Diego Padres 9-4 on Sunday night. The Dodgers, who have the best record in the MLB at 92-41, extended their lead over the Padres in the NL West to 19 matches with 29 games left. The Dodgers’ magic number to claim the division is nine. “You definitely want to win the division and it gives you a little bit easier road to the postseason,” Smith said. “Once you get to the postseason, it doesn’t matter. We really just […]

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September

02
Russell Wilson, Denver Broncos agree to 5-year extension worth $245 million, including $165 million guaranteed

From the moment the Denver Broncos landed Russell Wilson in a franchise-altering trade this past March, general manager George Paton insisted that the team’s goal was to sign the star quarterback to a long-term extension. Paton and the Broncos achieved that goal Thursday, agreeing with Wilson on a five-year, $245 million extension that includes $165 million in guaranteed money, sources told ESPN’s Adam Schefter. The megadeal is the third-most lucrative contract in NFL history in terms of guaranteed money, behind only Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson’s $230 million and Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray’s $189.5 million. The Broncos revealed the deal, which runs through the 2028 season, but did not disclose financial […]

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